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Friday, August 22, 2008


What an incredible weekend we had in Cleveland a few weeks back!!!
FIRST OF ALL - THANK YOU MICKEY and all of the organizers/volunteers of the GREATER CLEVELAND TRIATHLON for giving us the opporunity to set up shop at the expo and promote NATT along with the raffle. We are very pleased with the turnout and the money we were able to raise... well over $600.00 that will continue to help NATT spread the word about blood clots and blood clotting disorders. I am ever more pleased with the connections we were able to make and the people we met.
THANK YOU once more for all of your support! I wish that I could provide prizes to all of you entered the raffle but unfortunately that was not meant to be. I know that the winners are by now enjoying their goods! This year the grad prize was a TRIATHLON BIKE (Trek Equinox to be exact) donated by BIKE AUTHORITY the official sponsor of the bike course at the GCT. THANK YOU BIKE AUTHORITY!!! Along with the bike we had many other goods from SPIUK that were provided by the great people at DPM SPORTS. The Kronos Helmet is always an item of interest for the triathletes buying ticktes...

For the past two years we had a great time during the weeknd of the Greater Cleveland Triathlon. We look forward to the opprtunity to do it once more next year. MANY THANK AGAIN!!!
Now, on to the race... yes, believe it or not we did have a race and the Clot Buster raced on Sunday... I was able to manage to line up for the Olympic distance race. I have no idea how my body would react to the long day of selling raffle tickets and mostly being on my feet all day. Early in the AM we got our selves to the park to find a steady wind coming from the north. We could not see the water at this point but the wind we could definitely feel... So, once the sun rose enough and we started to see the white caps in the lake it became very evident that no swimming would take place today... I was bummed out for sure. I think that the swim is a great equalizer for many competitors and personally it provides me with a little advantage that sometimes I can hold... So without a swim on we went with a mile run and the rest of the race.During the first half of the bike is when I was starting to feel some of the fatigue from Saturday. The legs were not firing as well but I kept moving forward as much as I could. I was getting passed left and right by people in my age group. I think I saw 4 men passing me all together. At this point I am thinking that I going to coast home and just enjoy the views. Luckily the second half of the bike course is really fast and I went at it... I did not bring anyone back but I started to feel good.So, on to the 6.2 Mile run my legs were feeling good. I got a nice pace together and right away I picked up a guy in my age group... all right 3 more to go. By mile 3 I picked up another one and on Mile 5 I got to one more. So, I know I have second place in the bag but what if... so I keep up my pace but the last guy in my age group was too far in front for me to catch... so I was able to manage a 2nd place in my age group. I just wonder what would have happened if we would have had a swim... oh well, I take 2nd place any day!

So, out three race this summer I placed 3rd, 2nd, and 1st in my age group... NOT BAD AT ALL for the season!!! I am just thrilled to have the chance to race and have both Mrs. Clot Buster and Junior there to cheer me on. Now, the tables reverse, Mrs. Clot Buster is getting ready to do her own triathlon coming up at the end of August and later on the Columbus Half Marathon... She is look pretty strong despite all of her new responsabilities as a mom... I am so proud of her!

THANKS AGAIN to all of you helped us out this year. Another special THANKS go to the Callahan-McIntosh Family for hosting us again this year. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

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My 60th Triathlon Finish !!!

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